This Edition’s Unique Property Feature Introduction:-

Unique Adventures Made Real

We have a cunning plan to turn dreams of living in unusual properties to reality…


An Early Purchase By Our Unique Property Syndicates – The Year Was 2000.

The 34 bedroom, Sutherland Arms Hotel in Lairg: For our Two-Summers-No-Winters initiative. Bought for £120,000 and sold for £152,500.

The Unique Property Bulletin started as a small newsletter in the late 1980s. Featuring all manner of unusual and exotic buildings to buy. More than that, there was interesting debate about unique lifestyles.

One such discussion in this publication was around our two-summers-no-winters theory.

Rather than just talk about this, we’ve put words into action. Actually bought buildings with the aim of making unique adventures real. To start the two-summers-no-winters project we purchased a number of old hotel buildings. But we kind of failed at the exit route. Well that may be a curious way to describe our unique property club making members’ a gross profit totalling over £163,000 from the purchase and resale of three hotels. If the following results are what failure looks like, then success might look genuinely exceptional:-

Keil Hotel purchase and resale…

Gross Profit: £76,000


Sutherland Arms Hotel purchase and resale…

Gross Profit: £32,500


 Putechan Lodge Hotel purchase and resale…

Gross Profit: £54,500


If readers have any doubts, please check out just one of our unique property syndicate pages with the audit trail of HM Land Registry and solicitor information. The results demonstrate a true and accurate reflection of what happened. Here is an example page that our current 241 members of the unique property clubs are studying…

Putechan 2

Our Third Unique Property Syndicate Hotel – The Putechan Lodge

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For readers new this publication, you can find a dedicated article about a variation of the two-summers-no-winters: click here and a couple of examples of the property club results as per our official solicitor statements: click here and here.

However, that article was written for the September 2014 edition and a lot has changed since then. We will expand upon this later on.

How, you might ask, are relatively mundane closed hotels relevant to unique property?

Good question.

Answer’s are given in this edition of Unique Property Bulletin – at the feature article further down the page. Plus reasons why the…

Total profit of £163,000 on three hotels

…distributed amongst our syndicate members’ might be regarded as either a success or failure!


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Then have a look at one example of some very tasty projects coming along such as these lighthouse buildings…

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For now, here is an for example of why our unique property club syndicates  buy and sell hotels in addition to purchasing very unique property. The hotels help us purchase some really exotic buildings such as this candidate property…

An Old Flour Mill In France…


French Flour Mill: Two Summers-No-Winters end game theory…


French Flour Mill Full of Character Inside & Out


Plus An Interesting Home In A Unique Setting


French Flour Mill & Home – Details: Click Here

Notwithstanding the dire exchange rate, this French flour mill and home for our given example of unique property in the southern sun for winter time has a property syndicate individual member affordable price tag of is anywhere between £256,600 at 2012 rates (here) and £280,000 today (here).

Please note: The vast majority of our unique property syndicate adventures are in the UK. It is only the two-summers-no-winters project that requires us to consider candidate properties for purchase in France, Italy and Spain (maybe even Gibraltar).

The full feature – later in this edition.


Regular Bulletin Listings Now Follow


Starting With A Castellated Bargain

Just A Shell – But Strikingly Handsome

Planning consent was previously obtained for conversion into 5 separate apartments. Interesting development opportunity. Surrounded by mature grounds. A Grade B listed, derelict country house situated in a quiet yet easily accessible rural location about 3.5 miles west of Elgin. The house was damaged by fire in the 1980’s and has been vacant ever since. Planning consent was previously obtained to convert it into 5 separate apartments, providing a fascinating development opportunity.


Newton House, Newton, Elgin, Moray

There is also scope to restore the house to a large baronial home or split it into two homes; drawings exist for these options although planning consents have not been obtained. The house is surrounded by mature grounds of which about 2.80 acres is included in the sale.

Address: Newton House, Newton, Elgin, Moray, IV30 8XW

Guide: £50,000

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Railway Station House & Ticket Office

Going Loco To Gwynedd

Old Station Master’s House – Plus Overgrown Platform!

This is an archetypal exemplar of the railway enthusiast’s dwelling. A large property with lots of potential. Set in approximately 2 acres of land. Fabulous restoration project for getting steamed into. The main station master’s house also comes with the old ticket office and waiting rooms.


Old Station Master’s House & Ticket Office. Packed With Railway Features

We also understand the platform is included, though prospective purchasers should have their conveyancer/solicitor check out the exct position. Likely to be accurate, but with easements over. Plus you might have a liability for repairs. Mind the gap!


Old Station Master’s House – Olden Days

This locomotive located structure ally built in 1880 and comprises of a detached brick and render building under a pitched slate roof, part single, part two storey. The property ceased to be a functioning station in 1987 when the property was sold by railway company and has since had a couple of different owners.


Old Station Master’s House – Present Day & Needs TLC

With some tender loving care and any necessary planning consent, this property could make a very interesting restoration project to provide a lovely, comfortable family home or a interesting investment opportunity.


Old Station Master’s House – Example of Interior Rooms

The photographs of outside and inside set the pulse racing for anyone with a little railway in their DNA.


Main Master’s Building – Offside From Rails

Please note, trailers not included.

Address: Old Station Master’s House, Station Road, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd, LL44 2HA

Guide: £249,950

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Unique Property Manual Photo By Marius Ciocanel

Photograph Courtesy of Mr Marius Ciocanel

If you enjoy the Unique Property Bulletin then hopefully you’ll love the Unique Property Manual. It is for the determined and dedicated unusual property hunter. A handy, literary toolbox full of techniques needed to locate your ideal home are distilled from 25 years of unique property finding, buying and owning experience. All this into one book. The principles are proven. The results for the author have been to find and live in three different lighthouses, a coastguard station, a generator station, a police station, a ferry and penultimately a private island. These are just some examples of the end result. Better still are the characters met and friends made along the way.

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UKWMO  Underground Nuclear Bunker

30 Minutes from London…

AAA Penshurst UKWMO Photo Courtesy of Mark Russell RSZ

ROC UKWMO Penshurst, Sevenoaks

Please note, this photo was taken a few months ago, and the grass is now a little overgrown. This is good camouflage as the Zombies should have considerable difficulty finding the entrance – which is kind of the whole point 🙂


ROC UKWMO Penshurst – Away From Unwelcome Visitors

The mother-in-law is looking none too well

AAA Penshurst UKWMO Photo Courtesy of Mark Russell - Below Ground

ROC UKWMO Penshurst. 15 Feet Underground.

As snug as a bug in a radioactive rug.

The owner of ROC UKWMO Penshurst is considering setting a final date for offers. So if you are interested in this underground bunker for sale. To see photographs, please click here.

The guide price is £29,950. 

To be introduced to the owner of UKWMO Penshurst please click here and we shall do the honours.


London Calling

Boosey & Hawkes Factory

The Old Music Factory, Fulham Road, London, SW6

By popular demand, we are including a city section. Each Bulletin we aim to locate a unique property conversion in one of the great cities around the UK. We start with a place where I spent 7 years working. One of the world’s greatest cities: London.


Architect Greig Ling Has Made A Resounding Success of This Old Factory

London is a great place to work and live at, but there is a dichotomy. The wondrous lifestyle in the capital city versus the heartfelt wish for freedom of the open road to more rural utopia.

Personally I love both. Not least, but when the time came to sell my modest house near London and come home to Scotland, I literally had enough cash left over from selling my home in the south to buy a large share of a small island in the north with some close friends. Fact. A slight digression from Capital city, but here is where one London commuter ended up…

Ailsa Craig Island – A Far Way From London – Photo By Roderick Leitch 

Not just 425 miles but a mega lifestyle change too 

It wasn’t the whole island but did include all the inhabitable parts. For myself and some friends who joined in, we ended up with the pier, the railway, the station, the lighthouse buildings – 4 lighthouse keepers houses – the workshop, the helicopter pad and several acres of absolute beauty.


Ailsa Craig Island

We had quite a few visitors, although their mode of transport was slightly different from the London Underground.

But that’s a whole other story. Back to London for this segment of the Bulletin


The Old Music Factory, Fulham Road, London, SW6

Agency Narrative: Set on a wonderfully secluded plot in SW6 London, this four-bedroom converted studio with two roof terraces occupies the site of a former Boosey & Hawkes factory. The building is set back from the road and approached through a peaceful communal garden.

The interior of the studio was redesigned by Greig Ling architects. Accommodation centres around a very large double-height living space with a gallery walkway that leads to the first-floor kitchen and master bedroom with ensuite bathroom. Bi-fold doors in the kitchen open onto a decked terrace with access to the large roof terrace. Three further bedrooms, a snug, a study and a family bathroom fan out from the main space on the ground floor.


The Old Music Factory – Precious To London – A Garden

There is a garage en-bloc which is available to purchase by separate negotiation. The house is set back from the road, positioned quietly between Fulham Road and Chelsea Football Club, built against the old stadium wall. The King’s Road, with its excellent selection of shops, restaurants and bars, is a few minutes’ walk away. Sloane Square, the Royal Court Theatre and the Serpentine Gallery are close by, along with Battersea Park and Chelsea Physic Garden. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is held annually in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea on the Chelsea Embankment.


The Old Music Factory – Birthplace of Many An Old Trusty Trumpet

As for price of this converted musical instrument factory? Bare in mind we are talking London property here. In fact Chelsea, so prepare for your eyes to water a little as you sit on that price cactus. The price is disclosed on the estate agent’s website – wit is just too hot for us to type on the old Bulletin keyboard!

Address: The Old Music Factory, Fulham Road, London, SW6

Guide: £ Mere mortals look away 🙂

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In The News

Kind Journalists & Evolving Stories


Underground Loo Conversion. Photo By James Balston

Just a short message to thank the kind journalists who use this website and pop a Unique Property Bulletin name-check into their article text. All the work here at the Bulletin is put in for free by volunteers. Unfortunately, there are a few journalists who shame facedly ‘lift’ copy and give no attribution. For fully commercial newspapers to harvest content from a not-for-profit website and resell it for NUJ payscale without attribution is a bit naughty, and to be frank, plain bad manners.

We positively welcome media interest in the properties on these webpages, but it is vital to the survival of this website for commercial newspapers to at least attribute material that is obtained from the work that our volunteers here – and creative commons websites helpers from elsewhere put into this. Thank you.

A good example of a fine attribution by the very nice and thoughtful journalist Lesley Gillilan.

Click Here To Read About Unique Property Bulletin Helping With The News

Thank you Lesley


Underground Loo Conversion. Photo By James Balston

Not least, but Lesley Gillilan’s article is just the ticket for our readers. Well worth a read…

Click Here For Full Unique Property Bulletin Assisted Article

For anyone unfamiliar with the precedent setting conversion of an underground loo in London by architect Laura Clark, you can see the amazing transformation here…

Click Here For Laura’s Loo Feature – Especially The ‘Before & After’ Photographs

If you are considering a similar project, or indeed any repurposing of a unique building into a home, we would heartily recommend Laura Clark’s architectural practice…

If You Need Architectural Help: Click Here To Contact Laura Clark – She Has A Great Track Record


Laura Clark’s Underground Loo Conversion. Photo By James Balston

Last but not least, the photographs above are from an excellent Blog by James Balston. Well worth a read…

Click Here For James Balston’s Website


Try Before You Buy

Isle of Wight Flight?


The property included within the try-before-you-buy section of the Unique Property Bulletin – is NOT for sale. Our endeavour is to provide a sample, and actual experience of what it would be like to live in a particular genre of unusual abode. This specific listing is for a short-stay break. Our offering here is:-


Martyn and Louise Steedman’s Helicopter Upcycling Adventure

A reader from the Isle of Wight contacted us looking for a retired helicopter to convert into a ground based unique home-office fro her garden. We are on the lookout for suitable retired airframe for our friend on the Isle of Wight, and if readers know of any, please get in touch with news (here). Thanks.

Meanwhile for our reader on the Isle of Wight, we spotted a lovely story from Martyn Steedman who watched the final flight of a heroically flown Sea King Helicopter, and went out to buy a retired airframe. All 56ft long. The Royal Navy sold the fuselage to Martyn for just £7,000.


Martyn and Louise Steedman’s Sea King Helicopter – Now A Unique Home From Home


New Life For The Retired Sea King Helicopter – A Very Nice Place To Stay

Click on the picture above to enjoy the video presentation.

The media attention has been spectacular – Martyn and Louise have pulled off a masterstroke…

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If you would like to visit…

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Old WW2 Radar Station For Sale

Home For Retired Hobbits At Haverfordwest


Milton Folly, Nolton Haven, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

This is a former World War II radar station. Located in a remote rural spot between the coastal village of Nolton Haven and the village of Roch. The structure has residential usage and the current owner has lived there for the past 30 years.


Milton Folly, Nolton Haven, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

Most of the building is underground but could be adapted to benefit from more natural light and potential further conversion. (subject to the appropriate permissions).


Milton Folly, Nolton Haven, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

At Unique Property Bulletin we often sigh when this following threadbare and unimaginative phrase is used: “A viewing is an absolute must…”. However, there may be an genuine irony in applying estate agency speak to this particular mole hole home. All is not in pre-war mode, as the auction house say superfast fibreoptic broadband is available. Even Hobbits need their fix of the internet..

Outside Store Room 6’11” x 6’6″ (2.1m x 1.98m) Main Reception Area 17’11” x 16’10” (5.46m x 5.13m) Living Room / Bedroom 18′ x 11′ (5.49m x 3.35m) Bedroom 20’10” x 4’11” (6.35m x 1.5m) Rear Entrance 6’4″ x 5’11” (1.93m x 1.8m) – See more at:

Address: Home For Retired Hobbits, The Old Bunker, Milton Folly, Nolton Haven, Folkeston Rd, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 3NL

Guide: £89,950. Please be cautious and read the auction contract, a significant non-refundable deposit is required.

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Please check with agent/owner that any given property is STILL for sale BEFORE travelling to view.

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Up The Creek Property Detective


A confession: I have never watched the Jonathan Creek television detective series. Apparently the main protagonist, played by Alan Davies lives in a windmill. So this is fairly apt for this listing.

Two elements here.

1] A Bulletin reader wrote in asking if we had any windmills for sale in the Manchester area on file. The answer is yes, and here it is…


The Old Windmill, Matlock Road, Span Carr, Ashover, Chesterfield

Hopefully this helps our friend.

2] The thing that occurred to us is whilst we were checking out the old files for a windmill is that new readers may not realise there is a huge back catalogue within various issues of the Unique Property Bulletin. Over time these become sold. Over longer periods, many come back up for sale again.

So if you are new to the Bulletin, might we recommend you have a rummage through the older issues to see if there is anything that grabs your fancy?

The lower right hand side of every page has a menu of previous Bulletins, and you can have a good old rummage by clicking on links and studying what emerges.

If you check out our safety backup site (slightly different) that goes back even further to November 2013..

Unique Property Bulletin Backup Website: Click Here

Also you might like to try…

Unique Property Archives: Click Here

We trust this facility may well assist property sleuths achieve a good detection rate and possibly result in a house move for you sooner than might otherwise be the case.

One last thing on this sub-topic of locating the unusual dwellings. You might like to acquire a copy of our DIY Unique Property Manual: Click Here (there aren’t that many Manuals left).

The aim is to give you even more tools to enable discovery of what you are looking for.

For this section we return to Matlock Windmill. It is by examining old issues we were able to unearth this for the reader who emailed us in October. This particular windmill tower was last featured in the Bulletin during January 2014: here.

The present day brochure has a very nice set of photographs: Click Here


The Old Windmill, Matlock Road, Span Carr, Ashover, Chesterfield.

Agency Narrative: Accessed via a private sweeping drive, set in approximately two acres and occupying an elevated position with panoramic countryside views, The Old Windmill provides a truly unique opportunity to acquire a stunning local landmark. The stone built Georgian tower dating back to 1807 now provides accommodation over four floors whilst the former granary has also been superbly converted to provide another flexible lounge area and guest bedroom with en suite.

Address: The Old Windmill, Matlock Road, Span Carr, Ashover, Chesterfield. S45 0LJ.

Guide: £485,000

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Please check with agent/owner that any given property is STILL for sale BEFORE travelling to view.

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We just received the email below… 


“Hi, Looking for a bug out location in this area. Are you able to help me please? Ideally with minimum elevation 1000ft but ideally 2000ft above sea level. If any of your readers know of something suitable I would be much obliged. Thanks, Andrew.”

Andrew is a singer, and we suspect his wife may have sent him up the hills to practice. In case the map isn’t to clear, Andrew is seeking something in the Loch Rannoch and Tay Forest area: click here for the Google 3D interactive map of the area. To get in touch with Andrew, click here and we shall make the introductions.


Regular Updates On Social Media

Please remember that every few days we add an extra unique property to our main social media newsfeeds. So you don’t need to worry about missing out on your ideal home falling off of your radar….

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Grand Designs For Sale

Richmond, Surrey


Grand Designs: Kew House. Photo © Jack Hobhouse

For details of this Kevin McCloud mentored property for sale, please check out our sister website:-

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Little Castle in Calderdale


Dobroyd Castle Gatehouse Lodge, Dobryd Road, Todmorden, Calderdale

The trouble with castles is they can be very big, cost a fortune to restore and the heating bills are eye watering.

So in an effort to sate demand for affordable castle candidate properties for our readers to buy, here is a diminutive beauty.


Dobroyd Castle Gatehouse Lodge, Dobryd Road, Todmorden, Calderdale

Agency Narrative: Grade 2 listed Dobroyd Castle Gatehouse Lodge dates back to the early nineteenth century which was built for the gatekeeper for Dobroyd Castle and is situated in this desirable location boasting good sized mature gardens surrounding the property with shrubs, flowers, planting, paving and gravel areas to the front and side elevations, double width driveway to the side with parking for two cars or a space ideally suited for a touring caravan.


Dobroyd Castle Gatehouse Lodge – Modernised Interior

Double entrance gates allowing access to the private enclosed walled patio garden to the rear elevation, further good sized spacious lawned banking surrounding the property to the rear and side aspects with mature trees and excellent views including long distant views on to Stoodley Pike.


Address: Dobroyd Castle Gatehouse Lodge, Dobroyd Road, Todmorden, Calderdale, OL14 7JL

Guide: £275,000

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Please check with agent/owner that any given property is STILL for sale BEFORE travelling to view.

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Unique Property Competition

Sponsored By Scotslion – Real Dragons’ Den

The current Unique Property Bulletin competition prize is 10% of this note – in UK pound equivalent. We did ask our sponsors to stump up the whole note value as prize fund, but they went a sort of green colour at the discovery of how valuable these things are. Can you guess the name of this castle…


Competition Question…

What is the name of this castle?

Here is a clearer picture…


The winner is the first drawn from our Competition Box at close of competition on 31st December 2016 

Email your free entries to us…

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Architecturally Unique

Please note, in each edition of the Bulletin we feature the work of a unique architect. These properties are NOT usually for sale, but are included to help inspire readers. Great projects can evolve when the mind of a good architect meets the imagination of a unique property person. Something that little bit special is often created by the synergy. Also please don’t worry if the architect is a long distance away from your building site – modern technology has systems expressly designed to bridge what were once significant obstacles to remote design. With broadband, you can acquire international flavour in the blink of an Ipad. Enhanced by Skype and CAD, most things are now possible.


Cliff House – Crisp Lines


Cliff House – Do You Have A Cliff Near You That Would Suite A Pristine Newbuild?


Cliff House – One of My Top Ten All Time Favourites – Russ McLean


Cliff House Contrast: A Million Year Old Rock Meets Modern Day Residence

So our

Commended Architect

For this Unique Property Bulletin is:-

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Click Here To View Some of This Architect’s Portfolio

To contact this architect: click here.




This Edition’s Unique Property Feature Introduction:-

Unique Adventures Made Real

We have a cunning plan to turn dreams of living in unusual properties to reality.

In England, France and Scotland…


One That Got Away – The Douglas Hotel, Brodick, Isle of Arran (2003 syndicate)


Wonderful Views Over Brodick Bay To Goat Fell on The Island of Arran

One of our unique property syndicates provisionally agreed to buy the Douglas Hotel on Arran for £250,000, but TUPE issues caused problems. Another buyer has made a wonderful job of refurbishment: here.

Meanwhile our adage at Unique Property is that there are always more hotels for sale…


As far as this article is concerned, many readers might be inclined to say:

“Hotels don’t seem that unusual as far as buildings on this website go. How can your feature about unique property syndicates buying and selling hotels possibly help me?”

A four part answer.

1] Friends: I was brought up in a hotel and soon discovered a wonderfully broad spectrum of interesting people that visit you. Week in, week out. A remarkably unique array of new individuals to have a chat with. Many have become lifelong friends. Maybe if we reframe on that, there is something hotel life might have for you too – in small doses. Even just a week here or a week there when day to day life needs a pause button for you to press. An affordable sanctuary somewhere that you might own. Possibly sooner rather than later.


Early Years on Arran – Brought Up In A Small Island Hotel


 Corrie Village: This Was A Wonderful Place To Live

2] Lifestyle: Having followed the lead set by actor Keanu Reeves and his habit of calling a hotel home (click here and here), I discovered that it can be much cheaper to live in this manner than run a house. When I moved back to Argyll after working in London London for several years I was looking to buy a unique home, but didn’t want to rush the process and end up with buyers-regret. The owner of a seafront hotel made an offer I couldn’t refuse: £75 per week for seaview room, plus all meals included (1999 prices). The only problem with that was I put on 2 stone in weight and had to leave for health’s sake! When I moved into a flat with the same view 100 yards along the esplanade it cost over £110 a week when the rent, electricity, heating, council tax etc.


Returning From London – New Home As A Long Term Resident Hotel Guest

The hotel room is four windows to the right of the lifeboat flying bridge.


Here Is A Lovely View of Our Office on The Pier. Happy Days

With the hotel life – the seaviews, fine dining and interesting fellow guests make a stint living this way was an experience in the rich tapestry of life. Of course it isn’t a proper home in which to bring up a family (unless the hotel is your business), but for a while, it was a fascinating thing to enjoy.

3] Bridgehead: This is an important element for what we are seeking to achieve. When looking for unique property, the internet is a primary research tool. However, many folk neglect, to their cost, the value of local knowledge. Temporarily staying in the area where you are looking to buy ahead of making offers on unique buildings is a productive way forward. Don’t over-rely on the internet as there are other important real world ways to search for your prize home. Stay a while in a hotel and chat with staff, hotel guests, locals as an effective way to find the hidden places that don’t show up on Rightmove or the web of things.

Old Generator Station UPB RSZ

Old Generator Station: Bought Through Local Knowledge. Just Over £10,000

Direct from a hotel owning experience

4] Nest Egg Growth: I’ve located the hotel purchase/resale documentation from the syndicate solicitors, augmented by the official HM Land Registry title information proving purchase and sale fees. This information is now uploaded onto the unique property members’ webpages: here. If you’d like to join our unique property syndicate email alerts, please: click here.

Of the 18 unique property syndicates, four were hotel purchases. Every hotel resold. Three made a profit, and one, the Tayinloan Inn, broke even on resale. The Keil Hotel profit was £76,000; Sutherland Arms Hotel profit was £32,500; and Putechan Lodge Hotel profit was £54,500. In total, the hotel syndicate projects have a cumulative gross profit for the members who partook of £163,000 (less legal conveyancing and related professional fees etc). The profits for each hotel adventure were distributed amongst the members of each respective property club.


Unique Property Syndicate 6 Completed – Putechan Lodge Hotel

An example of the members’ webpages and audit trail for the Putechan Lodge Hotel is available to read: click click here.

The syndicate members who enjoy hotel buying/reselling have remained keen ever since the Keil Hotel. It is self evident in the profits shared out between us why the hotel genre has become a firm favourite.

With enhanced property purchase/resale nest eggs, each member has been able to join some really exotic purchases. For example this small island lighthouse compound acquisition. In my personal instance a sojourn working in London and then selling my house in the south-east pump-primed the ability to start these unique property clubs. A growing circle of friends jojning in along the way – many still involved to this very day. Turning abstract theory discussed in earlier Bulletins into very real adventures…

Ailsa MAIN Resized

Ailsa Craig Island

An island dream made real by funds from an earlier hotel syndicate purchase/resale


The Ultimate Unique Property

This lighthouse compound was bought for cash proceeds that commenced with £24,000 from three friends placed into the Keil Hotel syndicate, and that grew to £102,000 on resale of the Keil. This nest egg was then sufficient to buy the genuinely unique place in the photograph above. Proving that it is eminently possible for our feature article theme to come true:

Unique Adventures Made Real


Your next question might be…

“Okay I understand a little better why you like hotels, and how this might also help me – but where are you going with this?”

Four part answer:-

1] Unique Deals: There is every likelihood that the next hotel purchase will result in a resale and profit of the actual hotel. So be it. We just keep going until the core group of us who want to own their own hotel room (fullshare not timeshare) get to that point.


Candidate Property: The Bank Currently Own This Hotel

Guided At £125,000 – An equivalent sized house in this area would resell for £260,000 – example of ‘comparables’ click here. Food for thought?

Here is another photograph of our next candidate hotel example… 


At An Auction Guide of £125,000 This Is A Lot of Building For The Money

2] Bridgehead. As mentioned in the first half of this treatise there is a significant advantage to having a base within an area where we seek to find unique properties for purchasing. Yes of course, normal folk would just book into a local hotel for a few nights and scope out the area for unusual buildings. However, with £163,000 profit to date on hotel purchase and sales, the reason for buying another hotel is self evident.


South of England – Cornwall Hotel Candidate – Click Here

Hotel located in a picturesque setting on the south coast of England


This Hotel Is Located Close To This Picturesque Harbour

3] Two Summers No Winters Project. An eventual part of our plan is to end up keeping ownership of a hotel in the south of France (or possibly Spain/Italy). Plus one on the south coast of England and another in the north of Scotland. The two-summers-no-winters project would see us finally end up with syndicate members (who chose to remain), having full ownership of a hotel room in each of the three buildings.

Then as and when they like – enjoy a free holiday, or indeed a free work decamp can be made as the seasons go by, to whichever place has the best sunshine footprint. Hence the two-summers-no-winters idea. Plus when we are not in one of the hotels, the rooms can be rented out, and a useful rental income received by each member for their room.


Two-Summers-No-Winters Meets Unique Property Search: Fun Click Here

4] An Extra 2 Years of Daylight In Your Life: Strange but true. This is a fairly obscure thesis. In summary, by careful arranging your geographic location calendar (work-life choice permitting – more of that in another Bulletin) it is entirely possible to gain 260 hours of extra summer each year. To quote the relevant Bulletin:-

“When you are old and grey, if I offered you an extra 20 days of 12 hour sun for each year you lived, would you be curious? Extrapolating those numbers, would it surprise you to know you could have more than two solid years of extra summer days to your life? An additional 800 extra summer days?”

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Now for a look at southern France…

Unique Property Hotel Candidate – France Click Here

Alright this hotel in the Dordogne is a little over the top, for now. But it makes the point well. There are fabulously unique properties in the south of France that come in the guise of hotels, and smaller buildings. Lots of interesting properties to locate, research and possibly buy. Plus a whole heap of winter sunshine.

Hopefully, this article has clarified why our unique property syndicates have a fascination with hotel purchases. In some ways a hotel is a very ordinary building (with notable exceptions such as the French hotel pictured above).

With a little lateral thought and inspired imagination it is entirely possible to have unique property adventures as a spin off, whilst gaining an extra 2 years of sunlight in your lifetime.

If that doesn’t hold enough attraction, then a nice cheque from the syndicate solicitor with a handsome profit might just be enough to stimulate interest.

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